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Game of Thrones Is Starting To Make Less And Less Sense

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Why is everyone on Game of Thrones making so many bad decisions all the time? Are the showrunners just sick of it? And why will nobody pet Ghost? This week on Kotaku Splitscreen, we discuss.

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We spoil the episode in its entirety, and also talk about differences between the show and the books. However, we do not discuss any leaked show spoilers, and any speculation about what might come in future episodes is just that.

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This week, Kirk and I talk about “The Last Of The Starks,” the fourth episode of Game of Thrones season 8, which will be over in just two weeks. We talk about what we liked (Bronn! Varys and Tyrion plotting!) and didn’t like (way too much!) while recapping this feature-film-length show that packed like three episodes worth of content into a single week.

Also, seriously, Daenerys’s encounter with Euron might be the dumbest thing to ever happen in eight years of this show. How did a woman flying on a dragon get ambushed by a fleet of ships? How did three ballista shots hit a moving target and immediately kill one of the most powerful creatures in Westeros? Why did Daenerys not circle around back and light them all on fire? Why does it feel like the only way to enjoy this show is to not think about it?

Ultimately, it’s become clear that the showrunners are writing with specific scenes in mind rather than letting the story move organically based on the characters’ decisions, and it’s transformed Game of Thrones from something special to something that’s just bleh. It’s so sad. Almost as sad as Jon not saying goodbye to Ghost.

As always, you can find Splitscreen on Apple Podcasts and Google Play. Reach us at splitscreen@kotaku.com with any and all questions, requests, and suggestions.

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Adam Withers

Last episode broke me. I’ve been a defender of the show for so long, standing up when people shat on the writing, finding excuses and justifications and a silver lining. But that last episode... It was so contrived; nobody did anything that made sense for their character, it was all just the hand of the writers moving people around to get the moments they wanted with no concern for proper storytelling or their own history. They keep telling and not showing, and then what they show doesn’t make any sense.

Daenerys is the perfect example. If I have to hear one more person talk about how she’s the mad queen, I’ll lose my own mind. She hasn’t done anything wrong, and has had to contend with a world hating her for being A) female, B) young, C) an outsider, and D) part of a family that had a lot of shitty people in it. But, oh, Varys said she was crazy so it must be true.

I don’t know that I can enjoy the rest of the series. Everything that comes next will be born out of such rank stupidity and terrible, hackneyed storytelling that it can only leave a bad taste in my mouth. This started as one of my favorite shows of all time, and it’s ending like the Walking Dead; a cheap soap opera.